Walk 2614 - printer friendly version
St Loy's Cove & Logan Rock Walk
Author - Jake Robertson
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference SW409256
Lat 50.073921 + Long -5.6225442
Postcode TR19 6BA (approx. location only)
The start is in the village of St Buryan located on the B3283 approximately 5 miles west of Penzance. There is limited parking in the village so do be careful that you do not cause an obstruction.
This route approaches the coast from the village of St Buyran before following the South West Coast Path to Portcurno. It then turns inland again and continues along country lanes to the start. The coastal section provides many opportunities for scrambling in addition to the fine views and is far more preferable way of spending a day than on a sticky hot beach!
Leave St Buryan (Grid ref. SW409256) by a track to the left of the post office. This track leads past a housing estate to Boskennal. Follow the path around the farm and walk along the flanks of Adam's Hill with glorious views to the sea ahead. At the path junction (Grid ref. SW 419242) bear right to join a road.
Turn right and walk down to the dip in the road. Go left on a path leading down the wooded valley to the coast. Reaching the South West Coast Path you have the option of visiting St Loy's Cove, which is a short detour away to your left and it would be a shame to miss it out as it is exceptionally beautiful. Otherwise turn right onto the South West Coast Path climbing Trevedran Cliff with the path hugging the cliff top. Along the way it is nice to keep taking detours to peer down into the zawns from the cliff top. Some can be descended but only with plenty of nerve and care!
Soon the path drops down to rocky Porthguarnon the climbs out again to Penberth, a pretty fishing village and cove. Another stiff climb to Cribba Head, its soft grass making an ideal lunch couch, then along the cliffs to Treryn Dinas. Although optional, I would heartily recommend another detour to the Logan Rock headland. It is a wonderful playground for exploring and scrambling with sumptuous views of Porthcurno and out to sea - a perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Continuing on the coast path walk to Porthcurno beach. The route now turns inland through the car park to the road, which is followed through Trethewey to reach the B3135 (Grid ref. SW 382237). Go straight across onto a footpath. which drops to a stream before rising to a lane. Turn right along the lane to a T-junction at Bottoms. Go right to another junction then right again up to Crean on a lovely narrow lane to meet the main road (Grid ref. SW 400246). Turn left and walk up the road into St Buryan to end this enjoyable walk.